Home remedies for diabetes
Diabetes treatment guidlines
So you have an interest in the chronic disease Diabetes Mellitus 2?
You may be a newly diagnosed patient yourself, or know someone close to you who suffers from it.
There are actually three types of Diabetes Mellitus. Let’s assume for the sake of our chat that it is you that needs the information about how to best manage this condition within a normal lifestyle.
I strongly hope that your medical advisor has already given you some basic information, and perhaps given you some literature to take home to absorb. If not then here is a brief overview.
1) Diabetes Mellitus 1 is a condition where your pancreas has become incapable of undertaking its basic task - that of creating and regulating the insulin that your body needs to deal with the sugars that your body ingests. Diabetes 1 usually strikes early on in life, and before the age of 20 in most cases, however adult onset Diabetes 1 is a possibility. Diabetes 1 patients need to artificially add insulin to their bodies to make up for their pancreatic failure.
2) Diabetes Mellitus 2 is also known as adult onset diabetes, as it typically strikes in early to late middle age, and current research indicates that lifestyle issues such as obesity, smoking, lack of exercise and even long term shift work make contracting it more likely. There is a genetic aspect to this condition whereby a person's risk of contraction is measurably raised if one or both parents have Diabetes 2.
Patients with Diabetes 2 have a pancreas that still performs in producing insulin to some degree, but either it produces too much, too little or your body has 'forgotten' how to use this insulin to metabolize sugars.
3) The third form of Diabetes Mellitus is known as Gestational Diabetes, and affects pregnant women. Thankfully more often than not, this is a transient condition and neither mother nor child will have this disease for the long term.
What are the signs of diabetes two?
Well there are some backbone symptoms of the onset of Diabetes two. Here are some of these to look out for, on their own, or especially in combination.
1) A constant unquenchable thirst
2) Significant fatigue over several days
3) Loss of appetite
4) A feeling of confusion or loss of sensory perception or balance.
So, if you or a loved one, work mate or friend are experiencing one or more of these, get medical advice. A simple finger prick test is all that is initially required to further a diagnosis.
Can diabetes be reversed?
Let's be honest and frank right up front. Your Diabetes 2 is a chronic and incurable condition. As medical science now stands, once diagnosed, you will be a Diabetic 2 for the remainder of your life. Who knows what advances in prevention and treatment are in the pipeline, so don’t get hung up on this. Ok?
Diabetes treatment guidelines and what does this mean?
Well you might now be required to take diabetic medication such as Metformin, or you may only need to watch your diet to control your symptoms. Just another plain fact here: Over time, as we age, our Diabetes 2 will gradually intensify, and most patients end up on medication at some stage, or may become sort of honorary Diabetic 1's, needing supplementary insulin via intramuscular injection or a slow release implant.
Are there home remedies for diabetes?
Well this depends on who you speak to. Western medicine is currently of the opinion that a ‘remedy’, as in a cure, is simply not available. Herbalists and other natural therapists can point you to anecdotal evidence of patients being ‘cured’ using natural remedies.
As a practicing diabetes two sufferer, I take the middle ground. While I am leery about the term ‘home remedies for diabetes’, I am strongly of the view that by taking sensible and simple steps the progression of this condition can be firstly stabilized, and then minimized to the extent that it’s deterioration, (as mentioned above), can be slowed dramatically.
So what do I suggest?
1) Monitor your condition. Hey, look at it this way: What other chronic condition can be monitored as often as desired, at home, by the patient and takes a minute or so? Not many I’d guess! PLEASE, buy a quality blood glucose monitor for self administering finger prick blood tests to your fingertips. Use quality, reliable lancets, (tiny non scary needles), and quality test strips to measure you blood glucose. In the early days monitor often. I can’t stress this enough, that this information in your hands is power and ability to head off problems.
Shop where you can trust the vendor and you will be able to buy a quality blood glucose monitor.
Don't forget to also source inexpensive quality test strips; possibly without leaving home!
2) Listen to your body. As you become more aware of your condition and it’s ‘markers’, you will most probably instinctively know when your sugar is abnormally high or low. Remember, high is called hyperglycemia, and low is hypoglycemia. Our bodies need and like sugar, but only in a suitable range, so both of these abnormal states can be nasty.
3) Seek and gain knowledge about your condition. Look at quality dietary sites that tell you about the stack of good foods and cooking methods that are diabetic friendly. Consider joining a diabetic forum in your area, and find out of your friends are diabetic, and how they manage their lives.
I do hope this article has assisted you in your quest to understand and happily manage diabetes two.
Good luck, and take care.
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